Friday, May 17, 2013

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Help build BaseCamp this weekend

     Founders of the Idaho BaseCamp, an eco-retreat and wellness center, are inviting volunteers to help with breaking ground on the project this weekend.

     Program Director Whitney McNees said the nonprofit organization has been an eight-year mission of valley resident Mathew Gershater. The building will begin with a 400-square-foot cordwood cottage designed by Sage School ninth-graders. 

     The camp for kids—which is located northeast of Sun Valley over Trail Creek Pass—is described as a facility “dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature.”

     Volunteers are needed from 5 p.m. today, May 17, through 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

     People can email McNees at for directions.


Power loss due to ‘underground fault’

     A nearly four-hour power outage on Friday, May 10, which affected some 91 Idaho Power customers in the Woodside subdivision in Hailey, was caused by a so-called “underground fault,” likely due to a hardware malfunction or subterranean animal activity, according to Idaho Power.

     Idaho Power spokeswoman Lynette Berriochoa said the outage began at 10:14 p.m., at which time the company “had” an underground fault on the distribution line that services Woodside.

     “A fault refers to any problem that stops the flow of electricity,” she said, listing “equipment failure” or an “animal” as possible causes.

     According to Berriochoa, the company was able to “backfeed” power to some of the affected customers through alternative lines, shortening the outage time for them. The customers nearest the fault did not have power until 1:52 a.m.

     “It was underground and in the dark,” Berriochoa said. “So it takes much longer than patrolling an overhead line [to identify the problem and fix it],” she said.

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